Vettel leads one two Ferrari in Singapore Grand Prix

Scuderia Ferrari dominated the 12th edition of the Singapore Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finishing first and second. The result was down to a perfect strategy that led to the team’s 84th one-two finish in Formula 1. The key moments were the pit stops, with Seb’s on lap 19 and Charles’ on 20. From a situation where the team was running first and third, after all the major players had pitted, the two SF90s headed the field, although now with Sebastian ahead of Charles, who had started from pole and had led the early stages of the race.

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Leclerc two in a row with Monza win

Charles Leclerc and Scuderia Ferrari sent the fans wild, as they packed out the Monza circuit in their thousands to witness the Maranello squad take a win at this track for the first time since 2010. This was Charles’ second ever F1 win, coming just eight days after the first one in Spa-Francorchamps. The Monegasque spent the whole race fending off the advances of the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, who joined him on the podium in that order. This was win number 237 for the Scuderia, its 19th at Monza. Sebastian Vettel’s day was not so memorable. He spun at the Variante Ascari on lap 6 and then had to fight his way back from last to 13th at the flag.

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Sensational win in the rain for Max Verstappen

After two days of very hot weather, the German Grand Prix was held in wet conditions nearly all the way to the finish, leading to a chaotic race with multiple pit stops and four safety cars. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen eventually won the race, having stopped five times, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.

HOCKENHEIMRING, GERMANY – JULY 28: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Race winner Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing and Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso celebrate on the podium during the German GP at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheimring, Germany. (Photo by Sam Bloxham / LAT Images)

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Silverstone and 50th anniversary for Frank Williams

Formula 1 returns to the Home of British Motor Racing, which hosted the first ever race in the premier class 69 years ago. It is also one of two home races this month for the team – the factories in Brackley and Brixworth are just a stone’s throw from the historic track. In recent years, the team has enjoyed many successes at Silverstone: between 2013 and 2017, the Silver Arrows won the British Grand Prix five times in a row, four of these victories going to local favourite Lewis Hamilton. The brand with the three-pointed star has a tally of eleven wins so far at Silverstone. For the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, the race weekend marks the return to the location of its first public outing: it was at the shakedown around the Silverstone circuit on 13 February that the team showcased its tenth F1 car of the modern era. 

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Stewards denied Vettel Victory

Lewis took his 78th career victory today – his fifth of the 2019 season and his seventh at the Canadian Grand Prix. Vettel had led the race from pole position, absorbing the pressure from championship rival Lewis Hamilton up until lap 48, when he lost the rear, skated off across the grass and re-joined into the path of Hamilton.

2019 Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday – LAT Images

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Canada…wall of champions waiting the next one !

The next race takes all teams to Canada, the only fly-away race within the European season. To a large extent, the challenges of Montreal are opposite to those of Monaco; the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a high-speed track with relatively long straights and lots of overtaking possibilities. Similar to Monaco, however, are the concrete walls that punish any mistakes heavily and a tight qualifying session around this relatively short lap.

GP AUSTRALIA F1/2019 – MELBOURNE 17/03/2019 – SEBASTIAN VETTEL
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Canada is the seventh race of the season and now we can to see more clearly the strengths and weaknesses of the cars. In the past six races, Mercedes were very strong in the corners but lost time on the straights. This will make Canada a huge challenge for them as the track characteristics could favour their opponents – there are many long straights, and fewer corners in which to make up lap time.  Continue reading “Canada…wall of champions waiting the next one !”